Statement re Sustainable Primary Packaging for Food

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22nd May, 2018

Smurfit Kappa produces pioneering and sustainable primary packaging for food

Smurfit Kappa’s pioneering MB12 carton is now available for primary packaging. The food-safe MB12 packaging helps customers to eliminate mineral oil migration with a sustainable solution.

The Smurfit Kappa MB12 technology is designed to prevent the migration of mineral oil into packaged food. MB12’s efficiency has been verified by Eurofins, the world leader in food and pharmaceutical product testing, to give customers full confidence that the primary packaging acts as a barrier to provide robust protection against outside influences.1

An independent year-long study by the Technical University of Dresden found that Smurfit Kappa’s MB12 was the most effective product on the market for protecting packaged food against potential contamination.2

Lars Henriksson, VP Product Development, Smurfit Kappa Paper Division, says: “Our customers have a diverse set of needs and we are committed to helping them find the right primary packaging for their requirements.

“Product safety remains at the forefront of what we do as an industry. Developing our unique MB12 primary packaging further demonstrates how we are innovating to provide a broad range of sustainable solutions for our customers that not only meet all food safety standards but that go one step further.”

MB12 is made using natural ingredients in recycled board. It is 100 percent recyclable and can be delivered as FSC chain-of-custody certified. Available in a range of weights, MB12 also protects against organoleptic3 effects of taste and odour into the food.

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Notes to Editors

1. Mineral oil, which can be potentially harmful, mainly originates from printing inks which can remain in recycled packaging in low quantities due to the recycling process. Other sources of mineral oil include food additives, processing aids and lubricants used in the food processing industry. This includes organic compounds such as DIPN, POSH, ROSH, ROAH, PFOS/PFOA, Bisphenol A, NIAS, and Oligomers.

2. Compared with products available at time of testing in Q1 2016.

3. Organoleptic properties are those that are experienced via the senses, including taste and smell.

Contact for media:

Sinead Gill

Smurfit Kappa

T: +353 1 2027157

E: sinead.gill@smurfitkappa.com

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. We are located in 22 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America.

With our proactive team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

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