Tetra Pak Awarded Highest Packaging Honor at DuPont Awards for Innovation In Packaging

Tetra Pak's Tetra Recart(TM) Wins the Diamond Award for the World's First Retortable Carton Packaging System

VERNON HILLS, Ill., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Tetra Pak, a leader in food processing and packaging solutions, is taking home the DuPont Diamond Award for its world-first Tetra Recart system. The Diamond Award, the highest packaging honor from the prestigious DuPont Awards for Innovation in Packaging, was presented to Alan Murray, president and CEO of Tetra Pak, USA; Steve Hellenschmidt, general manager for Tetra Recart USA; and Jan Juul Larsen, managing director for Tetra Recart AB at the 15th annual awards ceremony on August 9th.

"The DuPont Diamond Award is presented to the 'best of the best' innovators in packaging," said Tom Powell, vice president, DuPont Ethylene Copolymers. "The international, independent judging panel evaluates the entries by a number of criteria including degree of innovation and potential impact on the industry and consumers. This year, the judges selected Tetra Pak as the Diamond winner for its new Tetra Recart food packaging system -- the first retortable carton packaging system on the market."

The Tetra Recart carton is composed of a six-layer laminate structure and offers food manufacturers a new and innovative, retortable packaging option for products such as soups, vegetables, ready meals, fruit, pasta meals, salsa, and pet food. As an alternative to glass jars or cans, Tetra Recart is lighter, provides an eye-catching, unique shelf-presence and has an easy-open top. Also its rectangular shape provides brand managers with a broad surface on which to display high-quality graphics on the carton panels, adding to its consumer appeal.

"Tetra Pak is constantly working to provide our customers with the best packaging solution in the marketplace," said Hellenschmidt of Tetra Pak. "We already have seen great success with the Tetra Recart system abroad, and this award is a wonderful entree into the U.S. market."

Tetra Pak won the Diamond Award for its Tetra Recart Nestle(R) Friskies pet food solution, the first retortable carton packaging system on the market. The product was introduced in Italy in 2001, and its success has led to expansion in other markets such as the United Kingdom. Tetra Recart also received Dupont's Gold Award in the pet food category this year.

As the expert specialist for Tetra Recart's advanced technology in the United States market, Hellenschimdt also will speak on the Tetra Recart system at this year's Pack Expo, November 5th, 9:00 a.m., at McCormick Place in Chicago.

For more information on the Tetra Recart system, please contact Steve Hellenschmidt at 940-565-8881. For press inquiries and photos, please contact Sarah Crawford at 312-222-0068.

About Tetra Pak

Established in the United States in 1984, Tetra Pak Inc. develops, produces and markets complete processing and packaging solutions and provides systems engineering, packaging materials, technical field services and spare parts support. Best known for its aseptic processing and packaging solutions, Tetra Pak is also an innovative provider of plastic bottling solutions in the United States. For more information on Tetra Pak, please visit http://www.tetrapakusa.com/grow.

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