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NewPage Receives 2013 AmeriStar Packaging Award for Sustainability

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NewPage Corp., Miamisburg, Ohio, USA, this week announced the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot™ family of 100% compostable packaging barrier products. Each year, the IoPP presents the AmeriStar Awards to leaders in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation in packaging design.

The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.

LittleFoot, a new, 100% compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections, and energy bars. It has a specially designed surface for printing, and integrates into existing converting equipment.

"We are honored to have received this top sustainability recognition from the IoPP," said Jim Sheibley, director, specialty papers business and product development for NewPage. "We look forward to exploring opportunities to commercialize our LittleFoot product in the months ahead through partnerships and licensing agreements with strategic brand owners and packaging converters who are striving to enhance their compostable packaging offerings."

AmeriStar Awards are judged based on packaging innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance and marketing. NewPage and other AmeriStar Award winners were honored at the AmeriStar and Visionary Awards Ceremony that took place yesterday, Wednesday, June 19, at the EastPack packaging event in Philadelphia, Pa.

NewPage owns paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. These mills have a total annual production capacity of approximately 3.5 million tons of paper. The company's portfolio of paper products includes coated, supercalendered, and specialty papers.


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