APS secure £250,000 worth of contracts with tea-makers and gift firm

Blyth-based contract packing firm APS hopes the latest work will push turnover past the £3m mark

David Howes, director of operations at APS
David Howes, director of operations at APS

Northumberland contract packing firm APS has secured a string of contracts worth £250,000.

The Blyth-based business has scooped deals with two international tea-makers and a global gift firm, and the activity is expected to push turnover beyond £3m.

For one of the tea makers, APS will provide the packaging and distribution of 500,000 packs of 160 tea bags and mug cozy sets.

The Northumberland firm has also been signed up to deliver 400,000 packs to Canada in a bid to boost the client’s profile across the Atlantic.

APS has also won a contract with another tea maker for the packaging and distribution of 210,000 tea sample packs.

A separate deal will see APS supply 500,000 Jack Daniels gift sets on behalf of the accessories supplier.

David Howes, director of operations at APS, said: “The beverage sector is a growing market which makes up around 20% of our overall business. This year we have won a lot of project work from international companies - particularly from our tea customers - and this has positioned us well for further growth.

“We have a strong order book and we are hoping to win further work this year from customers in this sector. APS is a great North East success story that has its roots in Blyth but is working with international brands all over the globe.”

APS, which operates a site in Derby, is hoping to grow its workforce if deals currently in the pipeline are sealed.

The company currently employs around 65 staff but has the capacity to scale up to more than 200 in times of peak workload.

Mr Howes added: “In the last couple of years economic conditions have improved and people have had more disposable income to spend on consumer goods. This has created demand for products such as gifts and beverages, which in turn has generated an upturn in the retail market and more work for contract packing firms.

“With the economy showing signs of resilience, many of our key markets look set to be buoyant for the foreseeable future.”

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