TricorBraun, known for plastic and glass bottles and containers, is starting a flexible packaging business, acquiring Pacific Bag with coffee, pet and specialty food products.

The St. Louis company announced the creation of the TricorBraun Flex unit, which also will include business from another recent flexibles purchase of Taipak.

Pacific Bag is TricorBraun’s sixth acquisition in 18 months, including Salbro Bottle, Continental Packaging Associates, Package All and the remaining shares of its joint venture in Mexico.

“This is an important day for TricorBraun and a natural step in our evolution as we build the global packaging leader,” says Court Carruthers, president and CEO, TricorBraun. “The acquisition of Pacific Bag further bolsters our presence in the flexibles space, building on our highly successful acquisition of Taipak.”

Pacific Bag serves more than 4,500 customers in 50+ countries with custom and stock products, including side gusset bags, stand-up pouches, paper tin-tie bags, flat pouches, bulk packaging, java boxes, rollstock, accessories, tins, bag sealers, weigh and fill machines and degassing valves.

The company’s executive team, including CEO Mark Howley, will remain with TricorBraun.

TricorBraun Flex and will operate out of existing locations in Vancouver, Seattle, Calgary, Toronto and Philadelphia.

Taipak, purchased in 2017, was the company’s first move into flexible packaging in its 117-year history.