Thousands of key buyers in the global food & drink industry descended on IFE, International Food & Drink Event at ExCeL London on 21-23 March for three days of product tasting, networking, learning and doing business.
The BCMPA was delighted to be there exhibiting at IFE Manufacturing, a new section of the IFE Event, to represent BCMPA members providing NPD, contract manufacturing, co-packing, fulfilment & logistics services in the food and drink sector. With heavy visitor traffic to the BCMPA stand, it quickly became evident that outsourcing is more in demand than ever. Also taking part at the show were BCMPA members Imperial Food Packing, Place UK, Storefast Solutions, RJF Farhi and Universal Flexible Packaging, all of whom reported a very positive show.
The BCMPA’s Membership & Marketing Director Emma Verkaik hosted a panel discussion on ‘How to work with Contract Manufacturers and Packers when scaling up production’. The session was very well attended with standing room only and the BCMPA panel of Cyril Guillemart from Alexir Co-Packers, Olly Reynalds from Sauce Shed and independent food NPD Consultant Nick Henson, were able to offer tips and advice to the many start-ups who attended on how to scale up their manufacturing projects.
Philippa Christer, IFE Event Director, reflected on this year’s event, saying: “It was absolutely fantastic bringing our food & drink community together once again. This is an industry built on strong partnerships and delicious products and there’s no more effective and efficient way to do business than at events like IFE.”
The International Food & Drink Event will return to ExCeL London on 20-22 March 2023. Find out more at ife.co.uk. This year’s seminar programme will soon be available on demand on the IFE Connects platform at connects.ife.co.uk.
The BCMPA is excited to exhibit for the first time, at this year’s International Food & Drink Event (IFE), the UK’s largest food and drink show, which takes place at London’s ExCeL on the 21st - 23rd March. The show is co-located with IFE Manufacturing, and the BCMPA will be representing its members in the food and drink industry, several of whom will also be exhibiting.
With just under four weeks to go, this is the first IFE event in three years, due to pandemic lockdowns, and the BCMPA believes that there will be much demand within the industry for a face-to-face event that brings together so many disciplines involved in food and drink production. The event will reflect the significant growth in demand for these services.
The BCMPA will be promoting the huge benefits that brands, entrepreneurs and retailers can gain from the outsourcing of their contract manufacturing, packing, fulfilment and logistics projects to 3rd party suppliers.
More than 30,000 visitors are expected at IFE 2022, which provides businesses with the perfect opportunity to discover what’s new, source innovative products, understand the latest consumer trends, and build face-to-face relationships to keep ahead of the competition.
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Over 600 guests representing the packaging industry gathered at The Brewery in the City of London on 12th November for the black-tie celebration and presentation of the UK Packaging Awards, organised by Packaging News. On stage to host the evening was one of Britain’s best impressionists, Jon Culshaw. There were 28 Awards up for grabs including ‘Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year’ sponsored by the BCMPA.
The Award attracted a record number of entries including Carlton Forest 3PL, Chester Medical Solutions, Complete Co-Packing Services, Expac Preston, Granby Marketing, Mixtio Labs, Oxford Contract Manufacturing, Staci UK and Worldwide Logistics. It was a hotly contested category with Complete Co-Packing Services and Granby Marketing both being Highly Commended. And the Winner was . . . . Expac Preston!
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The BCMPA was delighted to be back at the NEC in September for our first time exhibiting at the Internet Retailing Expo/eDelivery Expo. In a year where ecommerce fulfilment has been key in ensuring the delivery of products to the customers front door, it was excellent to have the opportunity to meet with brand owners and retailers face to face and to familiarise them with the capacity and scope of BCMPA members in the fulfilment and 3PL sector.
With over 3000 visitors and 114 exhibitors there was much to talk about. BCMPA member Huboo was exhibiting at the show as well as being one of the main sponsors of Internet Retailing/eDelivery Expo. BCMPA members Linney and Prolog moderated sessions respectively on digitisation within the supply chain and sustainability within the delivery network.
The show will return to the NEC on the 11th and 12th May and we look forward to exhibiting again.
Please see the exhibition dates published on the BCMPA website.
Experts from Innocent Drinks, Oliver Bonas, Gymshark, Lounge Underwear, DPD and British Retail Consortium are among the speakers at the UK’s number one digital retail show, at which the BCMPA are pleased to be participating for the first time. IRX (InternetRetailing Expo) & eDX takes place on 13 & 14 October 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham. The free conference programme across the two-day show has been created to directly address current challenges and issues faced by the retail sector with tracks covering Customer Experience, Data & Insights, Fulfilment and Sustainable eCommerce.
The theme of powering growth sits front and centre of two of the keynotes. Alongside the free learning programme, which also includes interactive workshops, retail professionals can meet with over 150 leading suppliers - including Huboo, Trustpilot, WorldLine, RedEye and more – all with cutting-edge technology and innovative services to enhance customer experiences, increase sales and deliver efficiencies across online and in-store operations.
BCMPA members Linney and Prolog Fulfilment will also be moderating panel sessions on both days.
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The last couple of weeks has seen us getting out again and what a joy that has been to see real people face to face and have interesting conversations with colleagues and new contacts.
The CHEMUK Exhibition which had been delayed due to the pandemic, took place at the NEC on the 15-16 September. It was a real achievement by the organisers to get twice as many exhibitors compared to the inaugural show in 2019 at Harrogate. And a 20% increase in visitors demonstrated the need for business to get out and about and to create traction with suppliers, customers, brand owners, retailers and to be able to talk about the challenges and trends in the industry.
The BCMPA was proud to be exhibiting on behalf of its members and to raise the profile of the value of outsourcing in the chemical sector. Exhibiting alongside the BCMPA were members Cod Beck Blenders, Grotech Production, Maker Industrial, Libra Speciality Chemicals and Safapac.
The dates for the CHEMUK 2022 have been announced and they are 11-12 May at the NEC, Birmingham. The BCMPA will be there.
Exhibition dates are published on the BCMPA website under the Events listing.
Emma Verkaik has been appointed Membership & Marketing Director at the BCMPA – the Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics - as the organisation continues its growth and support for members across the outsourcing sector. Since joining the team as a consultant 10 years ago, Emma has been pivotal in developing the membership, now heading towards 200 members, and has increasingly taken on additional roles within the organisation.
Emma came from a contract manufacturing/packing background running her own companies in the sector prior to coming on board to develop the BCMPA, and prior to that was involved in the world of advertising. Her expertise, insight and experience have been invaluable in recognising and promoting the key role that the third-party outsourcing industry plays in supporting brands and retailers. Furthermore, her background in the industry has developed a deep understanding of the marketing and support that members’ look for in a trade association.
The BCMPA will be exhibiting at CHEMUK, the Chemical Industries Supply Chain Expo, on 15 & 16 September at the NEC Birmingham. The BCMPA is a Founder Supporter of the event and the five participating members are Cod Beck Blenders, Grotech Production, Libra Speciality Chemicals, Maker Industrial and Safapac.
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The BCMPA has announced its plans to engage in a robust exhibition programme across a wide range of industry events from September 2021 to March 2022 in order to support its 180+ membership. With signs of the Exhibition industry finally edging out of lockdown and subject to government guidelines, the BCMPA will be working to raise the profile of their members and highlight the wide variety of 3rd party manufacturing, packing, ecommerce, fulfilment and logistics services available across 7 shows.
New to the programme will be the Internet Retailing/eDelivery EXPO at the NEC Birmingham on 13-14 October, enabling the BCMPA to showcase members in the world of ecommerce and fulfilment. The BCMPA will also exhibit for the first time at food and drink sector show IFE Manufacturing Solutions (formerly IFE Pro2Pac) at ExCel on 21-23 March 20, supporting members in the food and drink sector show. In addition, the BCMPA will be at CHEMUK 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham (15-16 Sept), Packaging Innovations London Olympia (22-23 Sept), Making Pharmaceuticals Ricoh Arena Coventry (5-6 Oct), Contract Pack & Fulfilment (part of Packaging Innovations at the NEC – 16-17 Feb 2022) and the White Label Expo at ExCeL (2-3 March 2022).
More details are on our regularly updated Exhibitions page.
The BCMPA has updated the search facility on its website to make it even easier for companies looking to outsource their contract manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics projects. Over 50 new search terms have been added, increasing the range of searchable terms by over 40%. This new functionality will help customers to identify potential suppliers with even greater accuracy, with the opportunity to refine their search with additional sectors, filling services, manufacturing processes, fulfilment and logistics providers, and also packaging formats and certifications.
The latest enhancements underline the continuing growth in demand for specialist outsourcing services, with the BCMPA website experiencing an increase in traffic of over 40% during 2020. The new terms were identified across all sectors, responding to market changes and the emergence of new products and services, such as increased demand for healthier foods, more sustainable supply chain options and ecommerce solutions.
Amongst the new terms included are White Label and Private Label, reflecting strong growth in entrepreneurial start-up businesses over the past 12 months, while the huge increase in demand for hand sanitiser during the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the product having its own search term. Continuing interest in healthy eating among consumers has seen Vegan and Plant Based Alternatives being added to the search tool, and the strong growth in cannabidiol-derived products (CBD) means they have also been given a separate listing.
The UK Packaging Awards Ceremony, organised by Packaging News, was due to be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London in October. The pandemic sadly meant this didn’t happen but we are pleased to announce that the Awards were presented via video link over the course of 23-27 November. The Award for Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year, sponsored by the BCMPA and presented at 10am on Thursday, was won by Granby Marketing Services. Congratulations!
Please click here to view the video announcement on the Packaging News website.
Alongside the work in developing and reinforcing relationships with relevant trade bodies and publications over the summer months, we have added a new Resources section to our website, offering searchable listings of Trade Bodies and Trade Magazines that we engage with. We have also added a Tips for Start-Ups page to provide practical advice for budding entrepreneurs.
One of the strategies of the Association, in the absence of exhibitions, has been to focus on promoting members’ services via the trade press, resulting in a significant increase in our coverage. The new Resources section includes a comprehensive list of Trade Magazines with whom we have developed ties and hopefully the fresh content will help to enhance their readership.
The challenges of 2020 have required some fresh initiatives and willingness to cooperate during difficult times.
Continuing to build our relationship with other key Trade Bodies has become even more important during the pandemic and we have been pro-actively working together with them on a number of governmental, legislative and packaging issues that confront our industries. The Association has highlighted the valuable role that BCMPA members can play in providing outsourcing services, which have been widely taken up across the sectors in recent months.
With so many exhibitions being postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic, show organisers are starting to move into virtual or online formats in order to satisfy visitors keen to keep up with the latest trends, and to provide valuable sales routes for their exhibitors. As a consequence, we have introduced a new page within Events dedicated to online and virtual conferences and seminars, and we anticipate that they will form an important part of the content of our website in the future.
The British Contract Manufacturers and Packers Association is rising to the challenges presented by Covid-19 to support its members through these difficult times. With the restriction on movement curtailing potential customer visits, brand owners and retailers looking to outsource their manufacturing and packing requirements, are only a few clicks away from finding a quick solution for their projects through the BCMPA website. Whether it’s a requirement for hand sanitisers, anti-bacterial wipes, food parcels or kits, or increased pick & pack and e-commerce fulfilment demands, BCMPA members can help. In March alone the website attracted over 21,000 page views with a record breaking number of enquiries for the online 'Send a project enquiry’ feature.
Our contract manufacturing and packing members are showing their resilience and flexibility, adapting production lines and reorganising packing teams to suit the demands of this rapidly changing environment.
Over a dozen events scheduled for the Spring and Early Summer on the BCMPA’s Exhibitions & Events page have been postponed. This includes shows where the BCMPA is exhibiting such as Making Pharmaceuticals and CHEMUK. We recommend checking on the relevant websites for further information.
The UKWA Conference took place in Chester on 3-4 March with over 160 delegates including the BCMPA chief executive Rodney Steel. The 2-day event provided an excellent range of logistics-related seminars and panel discussions, co-ordinated by the UKWA CEO Peter Ward (pictured).
“With BCMPA members offering value added services and 3rd party expertise across the supply chain, there is a positive synergy between the two Associations,” said Steel. “We plan to stage some joint initiatives with the UKWA later in the year,” he added.
Around twenty BCMPA members are currently also members of the UKWA and those present at the event included Granby Marketing, Great Bear Distribution, The Green Group and XPO Logistics.
The BCMPA again featured strongly at February’s Easyfairs show with the title of the zone developed from ‘Contract Pack’ to ‘Contract Pack & Fulfilment’ to reflect the breadth of services offered by our members. This aligns with the BCMPA’s strapline introduced a year ago ‘The Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing Fulfilment & Logistics’.
Nearly twenty members were exhibiting around the BCMPA Hospitality Lounge representing contract manufacturers and co-packers from a wide range of industry sectors and included established names from the fulfilment and logistics arena. Exhibitor feedback was extremely positive.
Our seminar sessions covered topics on value added services by XPO Logistics, kitting & collation by Communisis, reverse logistics by LGI and finally e-commerce by our guest speaker Peter Ward, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association. The hot topic which ran over both days was the Carbon Debate.
The increasing demand for White Label/Private Label products provides a valuable boost to BCMPA members with contract manufacturing and co-packing capabilities, so the new exhibition held at London’s ExCel on 27-28 November, offered a prime opportunity for members to showcase their services. “When the launch of the White Label Expo was announced, we were delighted to support the event,” said Rodney Steel, BCMPA chief executive.
The show spanned a range of sectors, including health supplements, beauty, nutraceuticals, toiletries, cleaning chemicals and also featured companies producing CBD and vaping products. The BCMPA stand was hectic both days and participating members included Ideal Manufacturing, Poppypac, Redrose Manufacturing, VMS Solutions and Wyepak. As a direct result of the BCMPA’s support for the show, exhibitor Vitrition UK have since joined the Association.
Food, drink and nutraceutical enquiries keep the BCMPA busy all year round, so we were once again pleased to support this important event as Food Matters Live opened its doors on 19-20 November at ExCel London. As well as exhibiting, the BCMPA also facilitated well-attended roundtable sessions for starts-ups.
There is always a strong contingent of young entrepreneurs visiting the show and BCMPA members Eurofins Product Design and Huegli UK demonstrated their expertise in areas such as concept development, shelf life testing and commercial viability. The trend for development of health foods and sport supplements and the demand for manufacturing free-from, vegetarian and vegan products also featured strongly.
BCMPA member Granby Marketing came out on top for the coveted ‘Co-Pack & Fulfilment Company of the Year’ Award, fending off hot competition from the short-listed finalists Carlton Forest Warehousing, Compete Co-Packing Services and Lemonpath. Grotech Production’s entry was recognised as Highly Commended. Congratulations also to Clifton Packaging who won the ‘Packaging Company of the Year’ Award.
The glittering ceremony took place at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and was attended by over 800 Guests from across the packaging industry. The BCMPA was a sponsor for the event, which was organised by Packaging News.
Pictured here from left are Philip Chadwick (Editor, Packaging News), Rodney Steel (Chief Executive, BCMPA), Ken Shackleton (on behalf of Granby Marketing), Colin Murray (Packaging Awards Host).
The addition of Luxury Packaging to the established Packaging Innovations show staged in London, continues to draw visitors and exhibitors from a very different demographic compared to February’s NEC exhibition. Designers, marketeers and branding gurus clearly find the Olympia show irresistible.
So whilst food and drink packaging always attracts significant attention, there’s nothing like luxury to pull in the beauty sector, as witnessed on the BCMPA stand where beauty enquiries exceeded any other category. Of the 5000+ visitors, many were without in-house facilities and therefore outsourcing production and packing was the defined option. And of course with the rapid growth of e-commerce, BCMPA members are ideally placed to provide the required end-to-end service.
The Logistics Awards took place on 26 September at The Vox, Resorts World Birmingham, celebrating excellence in the supply chain and logistics sectors with 500+ senior professionals from across the industry, including BCMPA award-winning members Clipper Logistics and Kuehne+Nagel. The event was co-located with IMHX (International Mechanical Handling Exhibition) which was held at the adjacent NEC. Pictured here from left are Rob Fisher (Event Director, IMHX), Kirsty Adams (Editor, SHD Logistics Magazine), Rodney Steel (Chief Executive, BCMPA).
Rodney Steel, pictured here with Liz Bonnin of the BBC’s Drowning in Plastic and Blue Planet Live, attended the inaugural Environmental Packaging Summit. It was a sell-out event focusing on how we should tackle the pressing topic of packaging and single-use plastics in the environment.
There was an impressive mix of speakers and delegates from the world of packaging, retail, environment, sustainability, recycling and government. It was refreshing to hear experts contributing to the debate, expressing a positive understanding of the issues and a real desire to solve the problem, in contrast to the headline-grabbing and often unbalanced information dished out to us by the national press. It was agreed by all that we the public are keen ‘to do the right thing’ when it comes to recycling, and one of the major challenges is bring clarity to what exactly the right thing is.
The Summit aptly took place at The Crystal London, one of the world’s most sustainable event venues.
The British Frozen Food Federation’s new Chief Executive Richard Harrow (left) invited the BCMPA’s Rodney Steel (right) to celebrate the BFFF Gala Dinner & Awards in London. Representing XPO Logistics, who are members of the BCMPA and were headline sponsor for the Event, were Nila Patel and Martin Atkinson. The BCMPA has a strong contingent of food members including around 20 in the chilled/frozen sector. Other members attending the Gala Dinner included Kuehne+Nagel and Rick Bestwick/Magnavale.
BCMPA Chief Executive Rodney Steel visited the SHD Logistics Conference at the British Museum on 14th May, pictured here with Kirsty Adams (Editor of SHD Logistics magazine) and Joanne Kimber (MD of BCMPA member Granby Marketing Services). Other members attending the conference were Clipper Logistics, Kuehne+Nagel, SGL Co-Packing and Gavin Williams of XPO Logistics, who presented one of the conference sessions.
It came at last! Having had no chemical show in the UK since 2010, CHEMUK in Harrogate was greeted with enormous enthusiasm last week by exhibitors and visitors alike. The floor space had sold out before Christmas with apparently 50 companies on the waiting list. So with over 170 exhibitors, 74 presentations and 2000 visitors over the 2 days, the Yorkshire Event Centre was buzzing.
The BCMPA was a founder supporter and exhibitor at the event. Rodney Steel, together with Martin Usher of Grotech Production contributed to the seminar progamme, talking about contract manufacturing/tolling in the chemical sector. Grotech and Libra Speciality Chemicals both had stands.
Such was the support for this inaugural event, that CHEMUK 2020 will be relocating next year to a larger venue - Event City in Manchester on 13th and 14th May.
The BCMPA Hospitality Lounge in the CONTRACT PACK zone was the busiest ever as Easyfairs recorded 6922 visitors to the NEC event, 18% up on 2017. Attendance by brand owners, retailers and e-commerce companies looking to outsource their projects, meant that feedback from our exhibiting members was extremely positive with over half already rebooked, plus new members keen to take part next time. To reflect developing trends towards ‘full-service’ outsourcing, next year’s show will be rebranded CONTRACT PACK & FULFILMENT 2020 – the future of contract manufacturing, packing, fulfilment & logistics.
The BCMPA is delighted to reveal an exciting new-look refinement to their identity for 2019. The update follows a strategy to build on the existing brand values with a logo that has successfully represented the Association for a number of years. The new brand consolidates these values while also managing to create a more bold and modern look reflecting the positive direction the association is heading in, which is to represent more fully the breadth of service types supplied by our members, including logistics and fulfilment. See how many changes you can spot!
With food and drink manufacturing representing a significant part of BCMPA membership, the Association once again had a stand at the show. The demand for health foods, nutraceuticals and vitamins was very much in evidence, as was the trend towards organic and vegan. It was noticeable how strongly the younger visitors and exhibitors were represented at the show. The BCMPA held round table discussions for start-ups and scale-ups to provide guidance as to how best to engage with contract manufacturers.
Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel London, the UK Packaging Awards organised by Packaging News was a glittering black tie event attended by over 800 key figures across the packaging supply chain. The title of Contract Packer of the Year, sponsored by the BCMPA, was keenly contested between finalists Glowcroft, Granby Marketing and Steller Packing vying for the Award, with Steller emerging as the winner.
The content for this year’s Conference was right up there as one of the best yet with the spotlight on plastics, recycling, Brexit and intelligent labelling, with contributions from Dick Searle of the Packaging Federation, Kevin Vyse of M&S and Andrew Manley of AIPIA. Josephine Coombe of Nulogy introduced their specialist software for the contract packing & logistics industry. With the Association featuring every month in Packaging News, Jeremy Fordrey highlighted how readers and BCMPA members have benefitted from the coverage. Finally Richard Smith of Charapak provided an insight into the opportunities for personalisation in packaging for direct mail fulfilment.
The Association has been exhibiting and representing our members at Packaging Innovations London, since the exhibition was launched in 2011 and this September’s show at Olympia was definitely the best yet. Personal care & beauty brands followed by food topped the visitor list, with attendees overall up by 6% on last year. The footfall and visitor quality to the BCMPA stand was excellent and in the months ahead, we anticipate a significant volume of enquiries from companies looking to outsource their production and fulfilment operations to our members. The profile of the event has been greatly enhanced with the growth of the Luxury Packaging section of the show.
With the global Nutraceutical market set to reach US $ 241.1 Billion by 2019, last week’s Vitafoods Europe Exhibition in Geneva saw over 20,000 visitors attend across the 3 day show, proving how important the Exhibition is for the Nutraceutical and Food Supplement sector.
The show brings together brand owners, retailers and manufacturers, and the BCMPA stand, participating for the first time within the Packaging Zone, provided one-to-one consultations for visitors looking to outsource their contract manufacturing and packing projects. The shared feature with Innova Insights prompted considerable interest as visitors were able to interact with the packaging displays and discuss worldwide packaging trends.
Emma Verkaik was gratefully supported by visiting members from Chrysalis, Complete Co Packing and Unette, who helped to field the enquiries and Covance Food Solutions who were exhibiting at the show.
For a show only launched five years ago, this week’s Making Pharmaceuticals Exhibition & Conference at the Ricoh Arena Coventry has shown impressive growth both in exhibitors and seminar content. The organisers reacted positively for extra demand to accommodate over 150 exhibitors and 30 conference sessions. Rodney Steel and Emma Verkaik had a busy two days on the BCMPA stand and exhibiting members included Chester Medical, PCI, Quay Pharma and Recipharm.
Extreme weather didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the visitors or exhibitors this year, and whilst attendance numbers may be down due to heavy snow, our exhibiting members were pleased with the quality of visitors who took the trouble to brave the elements. The Contract Pack zone attracted a lot of attention and overall there was a very positive atmosphere at the show.
There were 25 members exhibiting in all and the BCMPA Hospitality Lounge was busy both days dealing with enquiries from a wide range of brands. Packaging Innovations and the co-located sections make it the top packaging show in the UK, with Contract Pack providing BCMPA members with a major opportunity to promote their services. As testament to the value of the show, around two-thirds of our exhibitors have already provisionally re-booked for next year.
Contract Packing yet again took centre stage at the UK Packaging Awards with five companies vying for “Contract Packer of the Year”, sponsored by the BCMPA. The Winner was Orean Personal Care, with runners-up Dalepak and PCI Pharma Services both highly commended. Congratulations are also due to Evolve Pack and Granby Marketing for reaching the Final. The event is not only testimony to the growth of outsourcing, but also demonstrates the range of sectors and services where third party support is required.
Pictured are (L to R): Hal Cruttenden (Host), Rodney Steel (BCMPA), Dan Williams (Orean), Philip Chadwick (Packaging News).
The BCMPA stand was rammed with visitors at this year’s Packaging Innovations London/Luxury Packaging Show on 13-14 September. Olympia tends to have a different audience compared to Packaging Innovations/Contract Pack in the Spring at the NEC, but that did not stop a healthy volume of outsourcing enquiries, particularly from the beauty, personal care and food sectors. It was undoubtedly the busiest London show to date, attracting well over 4,000 visitors.
April’s Making Pharmaceuticals Exhibition & Conference broke all records attracting 1055 visitors over the two days, with exhibitor numbers up 43%, including a number of BCMPA members. This year’s move to the Ricoh Arena Coventry proved to be a great success.
The BCMPA, which had a stand at the show, is delighted to have played a part in developing Making Pharmaceuticals from its inception with the result that it has now become the UK’s leading free-to-attend event in the sector. To have a focused cost-effective show in the UK provides BCMPA members with an ideal opportunity to promote their services.
With overlapping dates, visitors also had the chance to visit Med-Tech Innovations, the medical device show, at the same venue.
Now in its 10th year, Contract Pack has become a major component of Easyfairs Packaging Innovations at the NEC. The Contract Pack hospitality area, hosted by Rodney Steel, Emma Verkaik and Paul McKenzie, was particularly busy this year, fielding outsourcing enquiries from major brand owners, developing businesses and SMEs. Almost 6000 visitors attended the event, confirming the belief that meeting face to face is still a great way to do business. Twenty four BCMPA members exhibited, representing expertise across a wide range of industry sectors, and with 15 members having already booked for 2018, it once again confirms that this is an event that cannot be missed.
27 Jan 2017
This years event was a refreshing development from previous years, both in its location and content. Attendees were welcomed to a new venue at the DoubleTree Hilton in Nottingham, which provided bright and modern facilities for 2017. Nearly 30 Member companies were represented and 39 delegates, agreeing that face to face networking is as vital as ever, particularly in response to issues such as negotiating in uncertain times (Richard Savage, Scotworks) and generating leads (Nick Brooks, 4CM). Further valuable contributions from Jeff Deighton (Insight Engineers) provided an in-depth review of the Members survey, and Paul McKenzie (PM Studio) on BCMPA website analysis and developments for 2017. Josh Brooks (Packaging News) guided Members as to how to provide the best content for publication, while Nicholas Mockett (Moorgate Capital) helped us understand the mergers and acquisitions market. Simon Warren (Joshua Jacob) followed with strategies to cope with disaster as an SME and Phil Tooley (RANDD UK) closed with an insight into R&D tax credits. Feedback from the delegates was extremely positive and the scene was set for a healthy year ahead for the co-packing and co-manufacturing industry.
30 Nov 2016
Exhibiting at Food Matters Live last week was a first for the BCMPA and we came away with a very positive view of the event. Visitors’ realisation that the Association could provide the swift solution to finding accredited companies capable of handling their projects, was very much welcomed and those who had already used our service, came to say Thank You.
The event had over 600 exhibitors and featured 300 expert speakers in 80 seminar sessions. It was the third staging of this annual event at London ExCel and the visitor numbers were up by over 30% compared to last year.
28 Oct 2016
The UK Packaging Awards were celebrated in style last night at The Grosvenor House Hotel London by over 750 leading figures in the industry including BCMPA members.
Steller Packing Ltd won the coveted “Contract Packer of the Year” Award with the Judges commenting “Excellent business trajectory shown here with expansion in site and equipment paying off in addition to the most important investment – people.”
This is the fifth year that the BCMPA has sponsored the Award and previous winners include Expac, PrimePac Solutions and Central Pharma.
BCMPA member Clifton Packaging was Highly Commended for SME of the Year and won the Award for Investment Project of the Year.
Rodney Steel’s special guests included Chris Sturman (CEO of the Food Storage & Distribution Federation) and Peter MacLeod (Editor of SHD Logistics magazine).
23 Sep 2016
So said many visitors who came to the BCMPA stand at Packaging Innovations London to say thank you and to explain how much time it had saved them in finding the right outsourcing partner. That’s what the BCMPA is here for of course, but it was nice to be told. The feedback from the BCMPA’s exhibiting members was also very positive, probably helped by record visitor numbers of well over 4000
29 Apr 2016
This year’s Making Pharmaceuticals Conference & Exhibition broke all records with 70 technical seminars and over 100 exhibitors. The outsourcing of pharmaceutical manufacturing and packing projects is an important element of the event and the BCMPA was there in force to promote the services of our members. To accommodate its dramatic growth, Making Pharmaceuticals will be moving to the Ricoh Arena Coventry in 2017.
21 Mar 2016
The combination of a comprehensive seminar programme and an exhibition attracted top people in the personal care market. L’Oreal, Sainsburys, Body Shop, PZ Cussons, Molton Brown, Tesco, Superdrug, Boots and GSK were amongst the 836 visitors to visit this 2-day event at the Ricoh Arena Coventry. The BCMPA, supported by Association members, organised a session on contract manufacturing and also met with potential clients on the BCMPA stand.
14 Mar 2016
The H3i event at the National Conference Centre Birmingham focused on technical seminars and the raw materials, ingredients, formulation and contract services used in creating household, industrial and institutional cleaning products. “It is the first time the BCMPA has taken a stand at H3i and we were very pleased with the positive response” said Rodney Steel (BCMPA Chief Executive). “In the absence of chemical shows in the UK, this could provide an excellent platform in the future for our members to exhibit.” The show returns to Birmingham on 6-7 March 2018.
1 Mar 2016
The Contract Pack Show has once again reaffirmed its place in the exhibition calendar as THE place to come for companies wanting to outsource their manufacturing, packing and logistics operations. The focal point was the BCMPA Hospitality Stand which featured demonstrations of the Association’s website search facility, enabling visitors to shortlist members offering the services they need. And with over 20 BCMPA members exhibiting in the Contract Pack zone, there was plenty of opportunity for visitors to meet members face to face. The wide range of sectors represented included personal care, food, pharmaceutical, chemical together with general and luxury gift packing. Contract Pack forms part of the Easyfairs Packaging Innovations event, incorporating Empack, Ecopack and Label & Print.
29 Jan 2016
The Annual Conference was hailed as the best yet, with nearly 50 delegates and an array of topics including the National Living Wage, developments in digital print and 3D printing, communication systems for large warehouse areas and a case study on the pros and cons of exhibiting in the USA. Haulwen Nicholas of Muller Dairy announced the launch of packaging training initiatives in conjunction with Chester University and there was a presentation by Peter Ward, CEO of the UK Warehousing Association. There were also focused break-out sessions for each industry sector and in particular for our pharmaceutical members with updates on the Falsified Medicines Directive and the implementation of Serialisation.
13 Nov 2015
Expac were victorious at this year’s UK Packaging Awards held on Wednesday night at the London Hilton on Park Lane. This is the 4th year the BCMPA has sponsored this prestigious event which attracted over 700 leading figures from across the packaging supply chain. Runner-up was Glowcroft who were highly commended.
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30 Sept 2015
There’s nothing like a new venue to spark fresh enthusiasm and this was the case with Packaging Innovations’ move to Olympia. This is the 5th year that BCMPA has featured at Easyfairs’ London show and we weren’t disappointed. Visitor numbers exceeded 4,000 we were delighted so many clients from leading household brands to eCommerce start-ups were on the lookout for BCMPA members who could help them with their manufacturing, packing and logistics projects.
The extension of the Luxury Packaging section of the show certainly added value: customers attracted to purchase beautifully designed packs will need BCMPA members to collate and pack the products into them. We will definitely be back next year.
Looking ahead to Packaging Innovations in February at the NEC, the BCMPA and around 30 members will be there in force. Come and see us in the Contract Pack zone.
11 Sep 2015
Two yachts took to the high seas from Lymington last Friday heading West along the Solent towards Hurst Castle and the Needles. The breeze was a gentle Force 2-3 and all 14 crew members took turns in helming, winching and navigating their way to the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth for lunch. The competitive instinct of the co-packing teams took hold for the afternoon race, although you will notice one crew member very relaxed on the foredeck!
It was a very successful day which we plan to extend to 4 or 5 boats in 2016, with ‘Team Glowcroft’, ‘Team Lemonpath’ and ‘Team Broad Oak’ amongst those keen to complete for the America’s Mug!
5 May 2015
This event has aroused a lot of interest in the UK pharmaceutical industry, not least because it has filled a much-needed gap in the exhibition calendar. Visitor numbers at the second Making Pharmaceuticals grew by nearly 30% indicating that the seminar content and exhibitor profile were even more popular with the industry professionals than in its first year.
The BCMPA, as sponsors of the event, welcomed visitors to their stand and a number of BCMPA members also featured at the show.
28 Mar 2015
This event has really established itself in the exhibition calendar with a first class seminar programme, a growing exhibitor list and a significant increase in visitor numbers. As an official supporter of Making Cosmetics, the BCMPA is pleased to have played its part in developing this much needed and very focused event which enables brand owners on the lookout for contract manufacturing/packing partners to meet BCMPA members face to face.
9 Mar 2015
The BCMPA hospitality stand at Contract Pack, which forms part of Easyfairs Packaging Innovations event, was busier than ever this year – all going to show that the trend towards outsourcing is growing apace.
Twenty five BCMPA members took part, representing a wide range of industry sectors including fulfilment, logistics, food, chemicals, personal care, gift packing, pharmaceuticals and more. Visitor numbers to the NEC were up 10% on the previous year, proving this has become the premier event for our industry.
26 Jan 2015
The theme of January’s BCMPA Conference held at Nailcote Hall revolved around responsible business practices, starting off with a presentation on sustainable supply chains by Jane Bickerstaffe of INCPEN, followed by Dan Murray of the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX) – a code to which many BCMPA members subscribe. Linda Boyle of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority defined the staffing responsibilities for companies in the packaging sector and, as an alternative to recycling, Paul Young of DHL challenged delegates to ‘eat their packaging’ explaining how mushrooms, bamboo and straw might shape the future.
The BCMPA team of Emma Verkaik and Rodney Steel outlined the Association’s strategy for 2015, with Melissa Yearley announcing the launch of the BCMPA LinkedIn Networking Group. A major part of the BCMPA’s continued success is down to the website, in particular the search facility, and our designer Paul McKenzie revealed some impressive statistics of how traffic to the site had dramatically increased with resulting benefit to our members.
Alison Church, Event Director at Easyfairs outlined the company’s future plans and thanked all the BCMPA members who participate in the Contract Pack exhibition at Packaging Innovations.
17 Nov 2014
‘Contract Packer of the Year’ is part of The UK Packaging Awards organised by Packaging News, which took place at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane last week, attended by over 700 leading figures in the packaging industry. The ‘Contract Packer of the Year’ Award went to delighted BCMPA member Central Pharma. The Bedford based company has two 3,900sqm sites and 20 production suites with capacity for more than 150m packs per year.
Congratulations also go to our other finalists Glowcroft and Mailway.
Pictured from left: Philip Chadwick (Editor of Packaging News and The Contract Packer), Rodney Steel (BCMPA Chief Executive) Peter Frost, Lynne McConnell, Amy Berridge (all from Central Pharma), Andy Parsons (Host/Comedian)
13 Oct 2014
CPhI Worldwide is the premier pharmaceutical event of the year and was this time held in Paris, attracting well over 30,000 visitors. The International Contract Services Expo zone in Halls 1 & 2 featured BCMPA members Dechra, PCI, Penn, Quay, Recipharm and Trinity. “The feedback I received was extremely positive," said Rodney Steel BCMPA Chief Executive who visited the show on Day One. “With visitors coming in from 140+ countries, it is a truly international exhibition providing our members with a magnificent stage on which to promote their services.”
6 Oct 2014
Once again a record-breaking attendance (almost 4,000) confirmed easyFairs continued success with their London show, this time enhanced with Luxury Packaging 2014. The BCMPA Hospitality Stand in the Contract Pack zone was thronged both days with visitors keen to talk to us about projects that they were looking to outsource. It was also a good opportunity for BCMPA members to meet Melissa Yearley, our new addition to the BCMPA team.
1 May 2014
The BCMPA supported the Making Pharmaceuticals event last week at the National Motorcycle Museum Birmingham. Created to help the pharmaceutical industry address the complex demands of developing, manufacturing and packing pharmaceutical products, this new UK event exceeded expectations and will feature more prominently on the calendar next year. Exhibiting BCMPA members were Fleet Laboratories/Trinity Scientific and UDG (UniDrug Distribution Group).
27 Mar 2014
The Making Cosmetics show, held at the Ricoh Arena Coventry on 26-27 March, was supported by the BCMPA and eight exhibiting members: Design Plus Packaging, Fleet Laboratories, Flexible Medical Packaging, Hampshire Cosmetics, Inovia International, Orean Personal Care, Reabrook Health & Beauty and Statfold Seed Oil.
12 Mar 2014
Contract Pack 2014, part of the easyFairs Packaging Innovations event at the NEC Birmingham, and the annual showcase for the UK’s contract packing industry, had 25 BCMPA members exhibiting at this year's event alongside the BCMPA hospitality suite.
The two-day show ran from the 26th to the 27th February, and is now firmly established as a must-see event. With visitor numbers at over 6,000 for the first time, a record attendance figure up by 18% on last year, and additional features laid on by the organisers, exhibitor feedback was very positive and over two thirds have already re-booked for next year, proving once again that this is the place for brand owners and retailers to come when they are looking for professional outsourcing partners.
24 Feb 2014
Contract Pack 2014, part of the easyFairs Packaging Innovations event at the NEC Birmingham, is the premier showcase for the UK's contract packing industry, aimed at clients looking to outsource all or part of their packing, manufacturing or logistics operations.
The BCMPA will be there hosting the hospitality pavilion and supporting 25 exhibiting members for the duration of the show, which runs on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th February.
6 Jan 2014
Shortlisting of BCMPA members via our search tool has been further improved by the addition of relevant industry accreditations. This facility allows any and all of the listed accreditations to be selected to help identify outsourcing partners with appropriate expertise. As with other filters, Accreditations can be selected on their own or in combination with other criteria.
Accreditations held by members are displayed at the foot of their profile pages, along with their other details. Do let us know what you think of these new enhancements - we welcome your feedback.
8 Nov 2013
We are delighted to welcome David Patterson, MD of Chester Medical Solutions, to the BCMPA Management Team. Chester Medical have been members since 2006, and with Pharmaceutical/Medical being such an important sector within the Association, we welcome David’s experience and input. He held brand management roles at Rank Xerox and Kraft Foods, before joining Chester Medical in 1994. He is also a Director of Quay Pharmaceuticals, who joined the BCMPA in January 2013.
24 Oct 2013
The BCMPA has launched their new UK Contract Packers Map as a feature of the website. All 120 members are flagged on the map enabling brand owners to locate contract manufacturers or packers in their area. By clicking on a flag, the identity of the packer pops up and by clicking again, the client is then linked to the BCMPA member’s profile page which provides information on the services provided by the company and full contact details. Further search refinements by industry sector will be introduced to the Map shortly.
“It’s an exciting new initiative which will be welcomed by clients looking for outsourcing partners in their locality” says Rodney Steel, BCMPA chief Executive. “We launched a major upgrade to the BCMPA website back in the Summer and further developments are planned for 2014.”
24 Oct 2013
The BCMPA's main interest in Frankfurt’s massive pharmaceutical show CPhI was the International Contract Services Expo (ICSE) where seasoned BCMPA exhibitors included Packaging Coordinators Inc (formerly AndersonBrecon), Dechra Manufacturing, Trinity Scientific (part of the DDD/Fleet Laboratories Group) and Quay Pharmaceuticals (with support from Chester Medical). Rodney Steel was also in attendance and noted that: “CPhI is a great networking event and I am sure the visit will result in new members joining the BCMPA”.
1-2 Oct 2013
The BCMPA and seven of our members exhibited in the Contract Pack Feature at Packaging Innovations London on 1st and 2nd of October at the Business Design Centre Islington. The annual event was well attended with visitor numbers up by 18% compared to 2012.
The Contract Pack Feature included Alexir Co-Packers, Design Plus Packaging, Evolvepack, Hampshire Cosmetics, Mailway Packaging Solutions, PrimePac Solutions and Steller Packing.
The focus now will be on the larger sister show at the NEC Birmingham next February where over 30 BCMPA members will be exhibiting.
3 Jul 2013
One of the highlights of the BCMPA calendar, the Annual Conference provided a unique networking opportunity for BCMPA members across all sectors to get together and discuss the many exciting developments in the contract packing industry. The event featured 6 guest speakers including Simon Oxley of Marks & Spencer, Joanna Griffiths of BRC Global Standards, plus two very thought-provoking interactive business strategy sessions. There was also a hands-on workshop organised by LinkedIn to enable members to brush up on their B2B social media skills, and time for relaxation too, with David Woodhead of Selden Research winning the Golf Tournament on Nailcote Hall’s Cromwell Course.
1 Jun 2013
With the outsourcing of packing and manufacturing projects growing at a prodigious rate, the launch of the new BCMPA website in June fulfils an essential need for clients and contract packers to have a means of finding one another.
The new site provides visitors with the ability to refine their search and by ticking just a few key tick boxes on the dropdown menus, they can create their own shortlist of potential outsourcing partners. Every member has their own profile page with a summary of their capabilities, full contact details and a link to their own website.
Another really valuable feature of the new BCMPA website is the online Enquiry Form. This provides clients with an easy way to enter their project details online, with helpful pop-ups to ensure they give the BCMPA the key information required. This can then be circulated to members and those with the appropriate facilities for the project would normally respond within 24 to 48 hours. It’s a free service.
Other features of the new site include definitions, exhibition calendar and news, all of which provide a valuable resource for the packaging industry.
23 May 2013
This half-day training was designed as a hands-on session to enable BCMPA exhibitors to learn how to maximise the many free marketing tools that easyFairs provide for their CONTRACT PACK/PACKAGING INNOVATIONS exhibitions. The shows have enjoyed year-on-year increases in visitor numbers, but the more that can be done to promote the exhibitions and attract potential customers, the better.
“It definitely met its objectives” said Debbie Hayler of March Foods. Paul Price of Lemonpath said “This workshop was exactly what we needed to ensure that we meet new potential clients at the next show.”
The day was organised at the BCMPA’s headquarters in Old Amersham in conjunction with easyFairs, who also sponsored the event. In addition to hosting the CONTRACT PACK zone at London this October, the BCMPA is anticipating over 30 exhibiting members at the NEC in February 2014.
1-2 May 2013
Medtec UK, held this year at Olympia London, is the UK's leading event for medical device manufacturers and featured BCMPA member Riverside Medical Packaging Ltd. Feedback from Neil Riddolls, sales director of the Derby based company, was very positive.
There were over 100 exhibitors in all and the show is scheduled for the same London venue on 14-15 May 2014.
12-13 Mar 2013
Making Cosmetics, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, focused on personal care and associated markets enabling visitors to get up to date information about the sourcing, manufacturing and outsourcing of Cosmetics & Toiletries, and taking products from concept to consumer.
The event consisted of 74 exhibitors and a very comprehensive seminar programme, attracting 930 visitors over the two days. BCMPA members Fleet Laboratories and Hampshire Cosmetics both had stands.
The BCMPA stand not only attracted visitors looking for potential outsourcing partners, but also contract manufacturing companies applying for membership of the Association, two of whom are now members.
27-28 Feb 2013
February saw 5093 visitors at the NEC Birmingham, a 12% increase on the previous year, with 30 BCMPA members taking part. Two-thirds of the Association’s exhibitors have already booked for 2014, proving yet again that this is the place for brand owners and retailers to come when they are looking for professional outsourcing partners.
One of the key messages on this year’s BCMPA Hospitality Stand was to emphasise to visitors that there is a lot more to the Contract Packing Industry than just packing. “Members’ services encompass a broad spectrum of operations from pack design, formulation and filling right through to services such as warehousing distribution and fulfilment” said Rodney Steel, BCMPA chief executive.
“We had an unprecedented number of enquiries for membership” said Emma Verkaik, who is responsible for the BCMPA’s new membership development. “There are some very competent contract packing companies out there who now have the mind-set to be more pro-active in promoting themselves. We can definitely help them” she added.
The CONTRACT PACK exhibition is the flagship event for the UK contract packing industry, having been launched in 2008 as a BCMPA/easyFairs initiative and forming part of the easyFairs PACKAGING INNOVATIONS portfolio.