Curwood Honored with 2011 Packaging Association of Canada Awards

Leading Packaging Company in North America Brings Home Gold and Silver at Awards Gala for Innovative Packages.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Curwood announced today that its Canada Bread Dempster's Oven Fresh par-baked bread package and Olivieri Ovenable Cannelloni package earned gold and silver awards respectively at the Packaging Association of Canada Packaging Competition. The Packaging Competition is part of the PAC's 2011 Leadership Awards.

The Canada Bread Dempster's Oven Fresh par-baked bread is a unique high-barrier shelf-stable package that caters to the busy consumer who wants fresh baked bread, but lacks the time or ability to make the product at home from scratch. With no need to thaw frozen bread or make it from scratch, the consumer can simply unwrap the par-baked product, bake it, and have fresh baked bread in eight minutes.

An integral part of the award is Curwood's high-barrier packaging offering a 75 day shelf life, resulting in fresher product and minimal food waste when compared with most fresh baked bread from the bakery. The two-loaf package easily separates with provided perforations allowing for later use of the second loaf. The high-barrier shelf-stable package allows Canada Bread, owned by Maple Leaf Foods, to distribute nationally as well as cross-market display in un-refrigerated areas of the store through the use of eye-catching eight color flexographic process printed graphics.

Curwood also earned a silver award for the Olivieri Ovenable Cannelloni package top film, a high-strength peelable coextruded lamination applied to a CPET tray. This product requires perfect seal integrity throughout its shelf life, achieved in a high-barrier peelable film to maintain low oxygen content. The Olivieri brand is also owned by Maple Leaf Foods.

The awards were accepted by Gordon Sarx, Curwood Sales Representative, and Jean Francois Guillerez, Technical Packaging Manager of Maple Leaf Foods - Canada Bread, at the PAC's annual awards gala on June 21, 2011. The awards event is well attended by many packaging industry professionals and their customers.

"On behalf of Curwood it was an honor to receive both a Gold and Silver PAC Leadership Award for our work with the Canada Bread and Olivieri projects," Sarx stated. "Maple Leaf Foods understands the power of Curwood's technical expertise and our ability to pull projects through to completion." Both the Canada Bread and Olivieri projects were a process of continuous improvement over many development steps as well as understanding the customer's needs.

Known throughout the world for technological leadership in high-barrier packaging, Curwood is a preferred supplier of innovative packaging materials and systems for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries. Curwood maintains strategic manufacturing and service centers throughout North America, South America and Europe, and is well-positioned to meet global distribution and marketing needs. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Curwood is part of the Bemis family of companies.

Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported pro forma 2010 net sales of $4.84 billion. The Company's flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website,

Media Contact:

Dennis Burian

Bemis Company, Inc.

(920) 527-7344

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