DeLoach Urges Packaging Industry to Lead Efforts to Improve Sustainability

    Sonoco CEO Delivers Keynote Address at Sustainable Packaging Forum

    PITTSBURGH, September 26 /CNW/ - The global packaging industry must
provide leadership to further evolve packaging to become even more
sustainable, said Sonoco (NYSE:   SON) Chairman, President and Chief Executive
Officer Harris E. DeLoach, Jr., today during a keynote address to the Third
Annual Sustainable Packaging Forum.

    "Clearly, sustainability is not a fad, and it is unlike any business
issue that the packaging industry has faced in the past," said DeLoach.
"Consumers are asking, and in some cases demanding, less packaging. Retailers
and consumer product companies are increasingly integrating sustainability
into their organizations and business strategies while looking to packaging
companies to help make their efforts successful. I believe there are very real
business opportunities to those companies that can provide leadership."

    DeLoach said Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging
companies, is working proactively with many of its customers to find new,
innovative ways to balance consumers' demand for more sustainable products
with requirements for convenience, performance and price.

    "Today, each of our business offerings is focused on developing
sustainability-related commercial opportunities as a required part of their
business plans," said DeLoach. "As an example, we have implemented a new
product design process that equally weighs performance, cost and
sustainability options to best suit our customers' needs. In addition, we are
working with our customers to identify, research and incorporate sustainable
materials that can enhance our customers' products. And, we are working with
many of our customers to recover and recycle their packaging wastes."

    DeLoach pointed out that Sonoco's growing number of
sustainability-related business offerings are focused on providing its
customers with "cradle-to-cradle" packaging and supply chain services. For
example, Sonoco is the world's largest producer of recycled paperboard tubes
and cores, composite containers and protective packaging. The Company also
offers a variety of flexible packaging, rigid plastic containers and
point-of-purchase displays which are produced with less materials and weight
to improve their sustainability while reducing costs. Sonoco is also one of
the largest recyclers in the packaging industry annually collecting about 3.5
million tons of recyclable materials, including old corrugated containers and
other paper, plastics, metals, glass and other materials. The Company's Sonoco
Recycling division collects and processes recyclable materials at 46 locations
in North America and Europe and has a team of recycling professionals, many of
whom are experts in waste reduction and manufacturing process improvement.

    For a transcript of Mr. DeLoach's presentation or to find out more
information on Sonoco's sustainability products and services, go to Sonoco's
Web site at or to

    About Sonoco

    Sonoco, founded in 1899, is a global manufacturer of industrial and
consumer products and provider of packaging services, with more than 325
operations in 35 countries serving customers in 85 nations. Additional
information about Sonoco is available at

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