TricorBraun – Taking their presence in Beverage Packaging Market to the Next Level

TricorBraun, a global packaging leader and North America’s largest distributor of primary packaging announced via press release that it has acquired beverage packaging leaders Zuckerman Honickman and Vessel Packaging, strengthening the company’s position in the beverage packaging market.

Vessel Packaging Company goes back to founding in 2013 as a mobile canning business to serve British Columbia’s craft brewers as West Coast Canning Inc.   West Coast Canning Inc and Sessions Craft Canning Ltd, already sister companies, announced the decision in 2016 to unify under one brand and vision, Vessel Packaging Company, bringing together their teams across Canada and continuing to lead the charge in the beverage canning industry offering customers throughout Canada and the U.S. everything from mobile canning and design services, to printed cans, can ends and carriers, shrink sleeving, and other labelling services. The company has five locations across Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Mississauga, Ottawa and Montreal) and serves all major beverage end markets, including beer, wine, cider, kombucha, coffee, sparkling water and ready-to-drink (RTD).

“Our customers trust us as their packaging partner thanks to our reliability, expertise and value-added packaging services,” said Matt Leslie, CEO, Vessel Packaging. “We are immensely proud of our strong reputation in the beverage industry, and we are very excited for our next chapter of growth with TricorBraun.”

Zuckerman Honickman is a fourth-generation family-run business backed by more than 130 years of experience, provides innovative packaging to many of the most iconic beverage brands in the world, as well as entrepreneurial, breakthrough brands. Zuckerman Honickman serves customers in every beverage vertical including sports drinks, craft beer, cider, craft soda, wine, spirits and more. Headquartered in King of Prussia, PA, ZH serves customers throughout the US and Canada.

“For more than a century, customers have relied on Zuckerman Honickman’s deep expertise and innovative packaging solutions,” said Michael Zuckerman, president, Zuckerman Honickman. “We know that TricorBraun shares the same dedication for going above and beyond for customers and both teams maintain strong customer and supplier relationships. Zuckerman Honickman and TricorBraun’s cultures are closely aligned and we are excited to experience our next phase of growth with such a respected packaging leader.”

“Our acquisitions of Zuckerman Honickman, a name synonymous with best-in-class beverage packaging and Vessel Packaging, a leading Canadian value-added distributor of aluminum cans, bolster our ability to serve beverage customers with expanded offerings and services across North America,” said Court Carruthers, president & CEO, TricorBraun. “We are incredibly excited to welcome the ZH and Vessel teams to the TricorBraun family and look forward to investing in their continued growth.”

TricorBraun’s statement also advised that All Zuckerman Honickman and Vessel team members—including Zuckerman Honickman President, Michael Zuckerman, SVP of Strategy & Development Lorne Paskin and VP of Operations, Jon Zuckerman and Vessel Packaging CEO, Matt Leslie and COO, Mitchell Evanecz—will remain with TricorBraun. The companies will operate as separate, stand-alone businesses and the teams will continue to work out of their existing locations. Effective immediately, the companies will be known as Zuckerman Honickman, a TricorBraun company and Vessel Packaging, a TricorBraun company.

TricorBraun which was founded is comprised of more than 1,500 packaging professionals operating from more than 70 locations across the America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  TricorBraun provides innovative solutions across a wide array of customer end markets in plastic, glass and aluminum containers, closures, dispensers, tubes and flexibles. Their award-winning Design & Engineering Center provides forward-thinking design, driven by consumer insight and creative solutions. The acquisition will see TricorBraun to continue to leverage their global supply chain expertise, expansive and sustainable footprint and unmatched purchasing power to identify the best sourcing partners and cost-effective solutions for their customers.


by Ryan Myson