Kimberly-Clark Announces Nationwide Launch of Scott Naturals



    DALLAS, April 8 /CNW/ -- Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:   KMB) today
announced the national launch of Scott Naturals - a family of bath tissue,
towels, napkins and flushable wipes products that deliver quality, performance
and environmental benefits, at a competitive price.
    

    
    Scott Naturals bath tissue, towels and napkins contain a blend of
recycled and virgin fiber - 40 percent recycled fiber in bath tissue, 60
percent in towels, and 80 percent in napkins.  The balance of recycled and
virgin fibers in these products, enable them to perform comparably to
competitors' branded offerings and outperform 100 percent recycled fiber
tissue products in market today.
    

    
    The 2-ply bath tissue delivers the softness consumers expect from the
Scott brand, while the towels feature fast-absorbing ridges that soak up
spills and get the job done right.  The flushable wipes are made with natural
Aloe Vera and 100 percent of fibers derived from sustainable resources.
    

    
    "The lower quality and higher price perceptions of products containing
recycled fiber has limited consumer acceptance," said Erik Seidel, Scott Brand
Director.  "Scott Naturals bath tissue, towels, napkins and flushable wipes
are made using proprietary technologies that enable K-C to deliver high
performance, quality, and value consumers expect from the trusted Scott
brand."
    

    Delivering Quality & Environmental Benefits
    
    Scott Naturals products offer additional environmental benefits that make
these solutions a smart choice for consumers.  Scott Naturals bath tissue and
towels are available in long-lasting rolls that minimize packaging materials
and shipping impacts, while providing consumers with the long-lasting value
they expect from the Scott brand.  Scott Naturals towels offer Choose-A-Size
sheets that help eliminate waste by allowing consumers to select the right
amount to clean-up spills. Finally, the bath tissue and towels' outer
packaging is made from 20 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, and the
cardboard cores are made from 100 percent recycled fiber.
    

    
    While some surveys have revealed approximately 86 percent of the general
U.S. population are interested in using more 'green' household products, the
market share of products containing recycled fiber, which includes bath tissue
and towels products, is less than one percent due to the lack of quality, high
cost and limited availability of these products.
    

    
    "As a company, K-C is making progress in many areas of sustainability,"
said Seidel.  "We believe Scott Naturals products demonstrate K-C's commitment
in developing products that include a responsible balance of recycled and
virgin fiber, and still deliver strong performance and environmental
benefits."
    

    Building a Bigger Basket with Scott Naturals
    
    In limited distribution over the past year, Scott Naturals bath tissue
and towels have proven to be among the fastest turning products in their
category, securing eight percent of the recycled-fiber bath tissue and towels
markets.  Now, by launching Scott Naturals on a national basis, K-C believes
the Scott Naturals line is well-positioned to capture additional market share
in these categories.
    

    
    To support the nationwide roll-out of these products, K-C will launch a
marketing campaign that includes the Scott Naturals brand providing 'green'
home improvement tips in a web video series hosted by Kahi Lee, interior
designer from the cable network show Design on a Dime.  The video series can
be seen on the Scott Common Sense Web site and other online video networks. 
Additional elements of the campaign include print advertising in upcoming
'green' issues of consumer magazines, high-value coupons, billboard
sponsorships on HGTV and HGTV.com, targeted online social networking and
blogger outreach, experiential marketing and public relations activities.
    

    
    The Scott Naturals products will be widely available at major North
American retail locations in mid-April.  For more information on the Scott
Naturals products, visit www.scottcommonsense.com/naturals.
    

    About Kimberly-Clark
    
    Kimberly-Clark and its well known global brands are an indispensable part
of life for people in more than 150 countries.  Every day, 1.3 billion people
- nearly a quarter of the world's population - trust K-C brands and the
solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being.  With
brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend,
Kimberly-Clark holds the No.1 or No. 2 share position in more than 80
countries. To keep up with the latest K-C news and to learn more about the
company's 137-year history of innovation, visit www.kimberly-clark.com.
    




    




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For further information: Media, Joey Mooring, +1-972-281-1443,
joey.mooring@kcc.com, or Investors, Mike Masseth, +1-972-281-1478,
mmasseth@kcc.com, both of Kimberly-Clark Corporation Web Site:
http://www.kimberly-clark.com                
http://www.scottcommonsense.com/naturals

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