Contract Packer of the Year winner | UK Packaging Awards 2015

The Contract Packer of the Year winner was announced at the UK Packaging Awards 2015 ceremony.



Family run contract manufacturer Expac operates in the personal care and cosmetics market.

The company has been in business for 35 years and operates from a 18,000sqm factory in Leyland, Lancashire.

Expac’s business is based around three core product formats; powder, liquid and alcohol.

With a struggling industry came loss of business – last May Expac lost two major clients worth a total of £1m to contract manufacturer’s based in the UAE.

Rather than carrying out cost cutting exercises Expac used this as motivation to actively find new business and improve the company as a whole to ensure that no further business would be lost.

Over the last 12 months the company has won just short of £1m of new business.

The company continues to excel, recording a 20% increase in turnover for April and 30% hike for May 2015.

One impressed judge said: “Remarkable recovery, maintained profitability, found new business, increased staff numbers. Commendable commitment to UK Packaging industry.”




Glowcroft crafts itself as a “one stop shop” to brand owners, offering a wide range of quality services including design, packaging innovation, quality contract packing services & distribution.

The Suffolk-based company only packs its customers products and brands and is therefore considered ‘competitor neutral’.

It has recorded its best financial performance, increasing turnover by 8% to £2.7m and significantly increasing the gross profit margin for the second year running, achieving a 14.7% increase in new active customers and providing improved long term financial stability.

Additionally, the company has invested £220,000 on equipment, including a second, six-head fully automatic liquid filling line, new coding equipment, an additional shrink wrapper and a CRM system.

The judging panel said: “Smashing company, very well managed, customer focused. Great performance.”



  • Charapak
  • Expac
  • Glowcroft

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