Budelpack is a family firm named after a town in the province of Brabant called Budel which is where the company's history started in 1971. André Nieuwkerk started the Netherlands' first co-packing company at his confectionary factory as a contract packing company for Mars. We have since developed into one of Europe's leading co-packers. This is our history.
1971 - 1981: Secondary packing of pre-packed products
In 1971, Mars asked us to turn pre-packed bars into multipacks giving us our first co-packing project. In 1973, we moved to André's father Evert Nieuwkerk's pastry factory in Poortvliet. For the next 10 years we packaged pre-packed items such as toys, food, personal and home care products.
1981 - 1991: Distinguishing primary packaging
During the 1980s competition on the secondary packaging market increased dramatically. It was time for us to distinguish ourselves using reverse integration. We started with the primary packaging of raw products and gave ourselves a massive head start in the process. Although it was quite a leap to take, we managed to gain companies' trust. Turnover grew 25 - 30% per year.
1991 - 2001: Royal visit, top assignment and many acquisitions
Minister Andriessen opened our new building in 1992. Evert Nieuwkerk retired. In 1996, Queen Beatrix visited Tholen on Queen's Day [national day celebrating the queen mother's birthday]; we wrapped the bridge over the Scheldt-Rhine canal in orange [the royal colour]. P&G's introduction of ultrathin sanitary pads gave us our biggest assignment ever. From 1995 onwards, we took over a large number of factories for home care and personal care products.
2001-2010: First On Site assignment; second generation takes over management
In 2002, we packaged the so-called 'Zalm-kits' for the Ministry of Finance. Every Dutch citizen received a set of the new coins when the euro was introduced. The stringent security requirements made us decide to move the packing line to the Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch Central Bank) distribution center in Lelystad. This was the first packing assignment carried out On Site.
In 2010, André Nieuwkerk retired. His son, Peter, who had worked for Budelpack since 2004, took over. In 2012, Peter became the majority shareholder.
2011-2016: Expansion into Fresh and multi-site co-packing
In 2015, we expanded our packing operation with a 3rd product group: Fresh. We also developed a unique packing line for the punnetisation of grapes and lodged this activity with InnoFresh Packing B.V., a joint venture with potato, vegetable and fruit packing specialist IQ Packing B.V.
In 2015, we also started collaborating with logistics service provider FM Logistic. This increased the number of flexible co-packing locations in Europe to over 50. The founding of Budelpack On Site B.V. made our transformation from a single site to a multi-site co-packer a reality. We also founded Budelpack Europe. This holding manages the corporate quality management system and acts as a central equipment pool. Packing machines and lines are rented to all locations in a flexible manner. This leads to maximum technology availability at minimal cost.