Sonoco Delivers Premium Packaging for Russell Stover Premium Chocolates



    High Quality Presentation Reinforces the Gourmet Chocolates Inside

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., June 28 /CNW/ - Chocolate lovers who love to pamper
themselves with premium confections now have a new source of pleasure. Russell
Stover, the largest producer of boxed chocolates in the United States, has
introduced two new lines positioned as personal indulgence confections,
Russell Stover Internationale(TM) and Russell Stover Private Reserve Origin
Select (TM) Chocolates.

    Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, is
supplying Russell Stover with a film lamination in roll-stock form for
individually wrapped squares of chocolate for three Russell Stover
Internationale SKUs: Swiss Lodge Mocha Cream, French Cafe Vanilla Creme and
German Black Forest Truffle. Sonoco also is supplying a film lamination for
individually wrapped squares for four Russell Stover Private Reserve Origin
Select SKUs: Ecuador, Ghana, Venezuela and Belgian; each chocolate named for
its country of origin. Each bag contains 11 squares of the premium chocolate
and weighs between 4.5 ounces (140g) and 4.95 ounces (128g).

    Russell Stover opted for rotogravure printing for the individual
chocolate wraps to ensure a premium presentation of each line's graphics,
which are unique in the marketplace. Sonoco was charged with replicating the
bag graphics on the wraps to ensure a consistent brand experience once
consumers opened the bag. The graphics on the wraps are subtle, in particular
the outlines of countries on the Private Reserve Origin Select Chocolate,
necessitating a high degree of detail. Sonoco's Keating North America provided
the rotogravure cylinders, laser engraved to deliver high-definition print
reproduction.

    The lamination for the individually wrapped chocolates is a clear OPP
film that has been reverse-printed and laminated onto a white OPP film. This
structure delivers a high barrier to oxygen and moisture, which would
compromise the freshness and flavor of the chocolate. The lamination also has
a cold-seal adhesive so the chocolate does not melt during converting.

    Russell Stover Origin Select(TM) Chocolates and Russell Stover
Internationale(TM) are available now at Wal-Mart, Walgreen's, CVS and
supermarkets throughout the United States.

    About Sonoco

    Sonoco (NYSE:  SON), founded in 1899, is a global manufacturer of
industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with 330
operations in 35 countries, serving customers in 85 nations. For more
information on the Company, visit www.sonoco.com.

    About Russell Stover

    Russell Stover Candies is the nation's leading manufacturer of boxed
chocolates. The Company's three brands--Russell Stover(R), Whitman's(R) and
Pangburn's(R)--account for more than 60 percent of all boxed chocolate sales
in the United States. The Company manufactures nearly 100 million pounds of
chocolate annually, using the same small-batch techniques used by Russell and
Clara Stover more than 80 years ago. The Company's candies are sold in more
than 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit
www.RussellStover.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018
roger.schrum@sonoco.com or Myra Richey, 843-383-3333 myra.richey@sonoco.com

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