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Fresh fruit futures: Fresh fruit packaging is renewed with Ingeo innovations at Fruit Logistica

ILIP, INFIA, Prim’Co Sas and Van der Windt Verpakking BV showcase Ingeo™ Innovations at Fruit Logistica Berlin, February 7-9, 2008

BERLIN, February 7, 2008 – NatureWorks LLC, the global leader in manufacturing annually renewable commercial biopolymers, is pleased to support four key European partners at the February 7th - 9th Fruit Logistica exhibition in Berlin, as they showcase their latest Ingeo packaging innovations.

Fruit Logistica provides industries involved in fruit trading an opportunity to present their range of services from growing to selling. The show provides opportunities for developing good business to business synergies as well as introducing the technical know-how and skills required for effective logistics such as retail point of purchase handling and packaging. This makes it a perfect venue for the presence and promotion of a complete range of Ingeo packaging innovations.

At Fruit Logistica you can visit our exhibiting partners to see for yourself the robust clarity of their new Ingeo packaging solutions for fresh food.

ILPA S.r.l. Divisione ILIP (Hall:04.2, Stand:E-05)

Founded in 1962, the company specializes in the design and manufacturer of plastic packaging for fruit. Their passion for innovation through continuous material and technology research has led ILIP to an ongoing success story in the development of biopolymers for packaging.

In 2002 ILIP started working with NatureWorks® biopolymer, and today ILPA is presenting a whole variety of Ingeo packaging including trays and punnets for both vegetables and fruits in a variety of custom designed shapes and sizes as well as rigid containers with separate or hinged lids and clear containers with sealed film lids.

INFIA s.r.l. (Hall:20, Stand: C-02)

INFIA born in 1947, is an Italian producer of innovative packaging solutions whose successes are driven by their commitment and investment in research, materials and equipment, producing products that combine economics with innovation. At Fruit Logistica, INFIA is showcasing lidded (hinged or open) trays and punnets for fruit and vegetable packaging.

Prim’Co Sas (Priméale) (Hall 22,, Stand C-04)

Priméale is a key French distributor of fresh vegetables and focuses on the quality and the traceability of its products and the consistency of its continuous development and research. The mission of the Priméale brand is to offer consumers the best in fresh vegetables. During 2007 Ingeo NatureWorks® Earth Month, Primeale presented foods such as carrots, leeks, and other gourmand preparations in Ingeo packaging that showed exceptional brightness and a higher transparency which made for increased visibility and reduced handling issues of the products. Visit their stand to see the latest developments in rigid containers with printed sealed film lids designed for a variety of vegetables.

Van der Windt Verpakking BV (Hall 23, Stand D-06)

Van der Windt Verpakking BV is a Dutch company founded in 1969 located in Western Europe known for the growing of produce such as bell peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers as well as for horticultural products such as cut flowers and plants. In addition to a full range of packaging material for the fruit & vegetable segment, they supply a wide range of products and services to hypermarket companies, catering wholesalers, cleaning companies, the food and non-food industry, and in cooperation with large-scale users, to hospitals and health care institutions. See their new Ingeo natural plastic packaging innovations that include trays and punnets for fruit and vegetables, in a whole variety of sizes and shapes as well as rigids with hinged or separate lids and films for flow packaging systems.

This new range of Ingeo designs is made uniquely from NatureWorks® biopolymer, manufactured at NatureWorks LLC’s 140,000 tonne name plate capacity plant in Blair Nebraska, USA. Ingeo packaging has been created to meet the commercial market demand for better, more responsible everyday consumer products and packaging. Unlike conventional polymers or plastics which are made from very limited fossil fuel resources, Ingeo is an ingenious new material made from plants instead of oil. Ingeo natural plastic is derived from 100% annually renewable resources. The production of the biopolymer uses 65 percent less fossil fuels and produces 80-90 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than is used for conventional plastics, making Ingeo a brand catalyst for lower carbon footprint products and packaging and providing more environmentally appropriate options for the new generation of consumers who seek them.

As well as fresh food packaging, in retail stores today you can find a whole new generation of Ingeo lifestyle products, ranging from durable appliances, cosmetic casings, electronics, auto interior parts as well as Ingeo fiber applications for clothing, the home and personal care items. These are all available today in more than 20 categories, produced by at least 100 dedicated commercial partners, in more than 70,000 retail outlets worldwide.

For these and more exciting innovations, check out www.natureworksllc.com to find out more about the complete family of Ingeo innovations that range from contemporary textiles for clothing and the home, as well as a full range of Ingeo natural plastic products for packaging, food serviceware, durable goods, appliances, cosmetic casings, electronics, auto components and more.

NatureWorks LLC is also pleased to announce that Teijin, one of Japan’s biggest and leading innovators in the fields of fibers and plastics has invested recently to create a 50% joint venture with Cargill with NatureWorks LLC. This alliance confirms the global status and potential for biopolymer-based materials in general and Ingeo innovations in particular.

NatureWorks LLC, its partners and Ingeo: making contemporary products for everyone to make better choices. Better for the planet, so better for consumers and ultimately better for business too.

About NatureWorks
NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. NatureWorks LLC is the first company to offer a family of commercially available low-carbon footprint biopolymers derived from 100 percent annually renewable resources with performance and economics that compete with oil-based plastics and fibers. The production of these biopolymers uses less fossil fuel and emits fewer green-house gases than conventional polymers. The company applies its proprietary technology to process natural plant sugars to make NatureWorks® biopolymer, which is then used uniquely to make and market finished products under the Ingeo brand name. NatureWorks LLC is a joint venture between Cargill and Teijin Limited of Japan. For more information, visit www.natureworksllc.com.

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Ingeo, ingenious materials made from plants not oil.
NatureWorks LLC. Providing better choices. Better for the planet, so better for the consumer and business too.
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North America / Latin America

 Steve Sterling

Europe
 Steve Sterling

Asia Pacific
 Pauline Ning

Japan
 Daisuke Takabatake

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