Austin, Texas-based ePac Flexible Packaging saw its growth explode in 2020 over the prior year, doubling in both sales volume and employees. The company expanded its digital printing capacity by 35 percent, along with additional laminating and pouch making assets. The added capacity was spread across existing and new U.S. locations, as well as international expansion.
The company’s global footprint now totals 18 plants since the company was founded in 2016. With this added capacity ePac can now offer the industry’s shortest lead time of five business days for roll stock orders. Lead time on finished pouches remains at 15 days, while the company works to reduce this as well.
ePac’s customer base of small and medium-sized businesses has also benefited, with many realizing increased growth attributable to being able to go to market faster and more economically with flexible packaging on par with that used by global brands.
One example that stands out is the Ancient InGRAINed Snack Co. in Erie, Colorado, makers of the gluten-free snack, Ka-Pop!
“Packaging is such a critical part of any CPG brand’s success, but small businesses in particular struggle with it because their options to move fast and nimbly with packaging are limited. With ePac, who we’ve been working with since our beginning almost three years ago, we found a partner that works with us. We grew 300 percent in 2020, and there is no doubt our approach with digital packaging has played a big role in achieving this,” said CEO Dustin Finkel.
“ePac’s growth won’t slow down anytime soon. Our investments in new plants and additional assets will continue to allow us to meet the growing demand for our services, enter new markets, and continue to reduce time to market for our customers,” said Virag Patel, ePac’s COO.
While focused on small and medium-sized businesses, ePac Flexible Packaging serves brands of all sizes, as well as co-packers and co-manufacturers. These customers in particular will benefit from five-day lead time as longer runs and roll stock tend to be the norm.