Hockenheim, Germany, November 9, 2016 – (NYSE: SON). If you’re looking for environment-friendly, convenient and safe food packaging solutions, Sonoco’s rigid paperboard containers are the product of choice. The robust all-rounders are ideal not only for a broad variety of filling goods, but also offer numerous advantages with regard to recyclability, functionality and product protection. From 14 to 17 November, visitors to this year’s all4pack (formerly Emballage) exhibition in Paris can see for themselves the advantages of rigid paperboard containers. In hall 7, booth H133, Sonoco Consumer Products Europe (operating two plants in France) will present e.g. a new rigid paperboard container featuring a recyclable sprinkler lid, versatile options for easy dosage of salt and sugar, and safe packaging solutions for highly sensible filling goods.

Fully sustainable: Rigid paper containers with compostable sprinkler lidsSonoco’s rigid paperboard containers consist to a large extent of refined recycling paper, making them a particularly sustainable solution. Rigid paper containers with a diameter between 40 mm and 99 mm can additionally be equipped with a sealed-in cardboard bottom. At all4pack, the packaging specialist will now present an even more environmentally friendly version of its popular convenience packaging: A rigid paperboard container featuring a compostable Vegetop® sprinkler lid. The new packaging solution is the result of a joint endeavour by Sonoco and Vegeplast, a French company that specializes in biodegradable plastics. The package’s unique feature is its sprinkler lid made of Vegemat®, a plastic material made from 100 per cent biodegradable materials and fully compostable in accordance with the European standard EN 13432. The rigid paperboard container comes in two different sizes with a diameter of 60 or 73 millimetres. The variable height allows for adjustments according to the quantity of packed content. Thanks to its material properties, the container with Vegetop® sprinkler is particularly suitable for dietary supplements and dry foods such as grains, sugar or dry fruits. “Our new rigid paperboard container with Vegetop® combines the packaging expertise of Sonoco with innovative plastics technology. The result is a comprehensive, environmentally friendly solution which fully meets our costumers’ demands with regard to sustainability and convenience,” says Rolf Regelmann, Director Sales and Marketing at Sonoco Costumer Products.

Dosage made easy: Convenient rigid paperboard containers with sprinkler lidsSprinkler lids are convenient for dosing free-flowing products such as salt or sugar. At all4pack Sonoco will showcase a comprehensive selection of rigid paperboard containers with different sprinkler lid versions. Beyond precise dosing, the shapely containers offer a crucial added value for retail and marketing. Thanks to their extensive potential for decorating, they have a high shelf presence and provide a vital competitive advantage. The rigid paperboard containers with sprinkler lids and integrated re-closures also provide ideal product and aroma protection. Rigid paperboard containers play an important role on the French market with its large salt segment: Companies such as Salins du Midi, Bioforce and Les Salines de Guérande distribute their premium salt products in the versatile containers.

Safely packaged: rigid paperboard containers with Sealed Safe® and Ultraseal®With sensible products such as baby milk formula, barrier properties are of great importance. They ensure the safety of products that are particularly sensitive to oxygen. Sonoco’s rigid paperboard containers with Ultraseal® and Sealed Safe® meet these special requirements: Its special metal closure resembles that of commercial tin cans and reliably protects the content. The container’s spiral-wound body, aluminium inner lining, and tin bottom combine to protect the product. Sonoco even works to ensure maximum product protection during the manufacturing process, which takes place in a clean room with UV sterilization. “Especially when it comes to the manufacturing of rigid paper containers for infant food, we work according to the extremely high hygiene standards that we have developed for this particular packaging solution,” emphasizes Regelmann. “By doing so, we ensure that our products satisfy the highest quality standards.”

About Sonoco Europe

Sonoco’s more than 70 operations in Europe provide customers with solutions in Global Rigid Paper and Closures; Global Plastics; Packaging Services and Graphics Management. Offering a range of packaging materials, packaging services, technical disciplines, material science and manufacturing capabilities, Sonoco takes a holistic approach to providing customized solutions that meet our customers’ unique needs. To learn more, visit www.sonocoeurope.com.

About Sonoco

Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging, and displays and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the company has 21,000 employees working in more than 330 operations in 34 countries, serving some of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. Sonoco is a proud member of the 2015/2016 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

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