WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 6-K

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                       THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                              For August 31 2004

                                   BUNZL PLC
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                (Jurisdiction of incorporation or organisation)

                        110 Park Street, London W1K 6NX
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

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1.  Press release dated August 31 2004  -  Acquisition

                                                                  31 August 2004


Bunzl plc, the international distribution and outsourcing Group, today announces
that it has agreed in principle to purchase TSN, a leading distributor of goods
not for resale to the growing convenience stores sector across the United
States. Based in Denver, Colorado and with a facility in Richmond, Indiana, TSN
had sales in 2003 of $130 million. Its largest customer is McLane Company, Inc.
through which it serves many convenience store chains. Net assets at completion
are estimated to be $11 million on a debt free basis.

Commenting on the acquisition, Anthony Habgood, Chairman of Bunzl, said:

"This is an excellent opportunity to expand our Outsourcing Services business in
North America in a growing sector. Combined with our existing convenience store
business, it puts us in a strong position to take advantage of that growth. It
will enable us to use our distribution network more effectively and potentially
to increase the breadth of product provided to TSN's customers and to the
convenience store market more generally."


Bunzl plc                                          Finsbury

Anthony Habgood, Chairman                          Roland Rudd

David Williams, Finance Director                   Morgan Bone

Tel: 020 7495 4950                                 Tel: 020 7251 3801


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                              BUNZL PLC

Date:  August 31 2004                         By:__/s/ Anthony Habgood__

                                              Title:   Chairman