Packaging deals marked the hottest first-half mergers and acquisitions action, led by the already giant Berry Global Group Inc. buying RPC Group plc to become a true global packaging manufacturer. Consolidated Container Co. also made three first-half deals. And Sealed Air Corp. bought Automated Packaging Systems Inc. In a gigantic packaging deal with global impact, Berry in March announced it was buying RPC for $4.37 billion in cash. The blockbuster acquisition doubled the size of Berry, bringing RPC’s 153 factories and about 25,000 employees. RPC’s concentration in Europe and Berry’s concentration in North America creates a global packaging powerhouse with combined sales of about $13 billion. The deal — by far Berry’s largest ever — came with some added drama: RPC’s decision to accept Berry’s offer trumped an earlier bid for RPC by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC. Blow molder Consolidated Container, through its Altium Packaging Canada business, acquired Quebec-based Plastique Micron Inc. and its affiliates, IMBC Blowmolding (2014) Inc. and Les Produits de Plastique Action. Consolidated Container President and CEO Sean Fallma...