Sonoco Names Gendreau Division Vice President and General Manager - Kraft

    HARTSVILLE, S.C., December 20 /CNW/ - Sonoco (NYSE:   SON), one of the
largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that Steven C.
Gendreau has been named division vice president and general manager - Kraft,
effective January 1, 2008, according to Vicki Arthur, division vice president
and general manager, Global Corporate Accounts.

    In this position, Gendreau will have global account responsibility for
Sonoco's business relationship with Kraft Foods, Inc., and will report to
Arthur. Prior to this appointment, Gendreau was director of sales for Sonoco's
North America Rigid Paper & Plastic packaging business since 2005. A 16-year
Sonoco employee, Gendreau has held several sales and marketing management
positions in the Company's Consumer Products and Protective Packaging
divisions. Gendreau holds a BS degree in Packaging from Michigan State

    "Sonoco is expanding its strategy of building business partnerships with
our largest global consumer product company customers by simplifying our
packaging supply chain offering through a single point of account leadership,"
said Arthur. "During his career, Steve has demonstrated an ability to work
closely with global consumer product companies in developing innovative
solutions that encompassed many of Sonoco's diverse lines of packaging and
services. To more effectively provide a single point of account leadership for
Kraft, he will be relocating to New Jersey to work more closely with Kraft and
Sonoco's dedicated account management team."

    About Sonoco

    Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a $3.7 billion global manufacturer of
industrial and consumer products and provider of packaging services, with
approximately 330 operations in 35 countries, serving customers in some 85
nations. For more information on the Company, visit our Web site at

For further information:

For further information: Sonoco Roger Schrum, 843-339-6018

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