Packaging ‘R’ Us products

Source: Regal Food Products Group

Regal Food Products Group has acquired its first non-food and drink business, Packaging ‘R’ Us, for an undisclosed sum.

The Bradford-based business said the acquisition comes in response to a long-term vision of expanding and strengthening its wholesale and foodservice offering, whilst providing a diverse product range within its brand portfolio.

The group specialises in south Asian bakery and confectionery products as well as mainstream confectionery, and owns brands including Regal Foods, Yorkshire Baking Company and Just Desserts, the latter of which was acquired in January last year. It currently manufactures over 380 products, which are supplied to more than 3,000 retail outlets around the UK and exported to over 40 counties worldwide.

Packaging ‘R’ Us is said to be a well-established catering supplier, manufacturing a wide range of disposable food packaging solutions including foil containers, catering foil, disposable utensils, and plastic containers.

Regal Group noted that, since the recent challenges of Covid-19 and Brexit, it had identified the importance of becoming a one-stop solution for its customers, delivering services including finished goods, ingredients, and now packaging.

“Acquiring Packaging ‘R’ Us will allow to develop our wholesale arm of the business, whilst offering our customers an eclectic range that will naturally sit alongside our existing products and brands,” said Regal Food Products Group CEO Younis Chaudry.

“As a PLC we recognised a business that presented itself with opportunities and using our existing teams, manufacturing expertise, distribution networks and channels to market, we can really build and scale what is already a great business.”

“This is an extremely exciting milestone in the Regal journey, as we not only welcome our first non-food brand into the group but relocate Packaging ‘R’ Us and its production to our main manufacturing and distribution facilities to Bradford,” added Chaudry, noting that it would also create around 20 new local jobs and provide platforms and opportunities for personal development.