Klockner Pentaplast Honored With 2007 Dannon Supplier of the Year Award

Gordonsville, Virginia – February 26, 2008 – Klöckner Pentaplast was honored as one of the six recipients of the 2007 Dannon Supplier of the Year Awards at a gala dinner in New York City on January 22. The Dannon Company established this award presentation for the first time this year to recognize their corporate business partners and the contributions they make to the company's success. Klöckner Pentaplast won its award in the Raw Materials and Packaging category for consistent quality, excellent technical and customer service, superior innovation, commitment to growth requiring capital investment, and risk taking.

Nominees for the Awards were evaluated by cross-functional taskforce at Dannon and the final selection of Award winners was made by the entire Dannon Executive Committee. "It is the philosophy of Groupe Danone and Dannon that the Sourcing and Supplier Development teams must enhance the relationship with our business partners," said Francois Blanckaert, Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Development for The Dannon Company. "Rather than examining only cost or the transactional value of our relationships, we look at total value creation. We know that innovation will come not only from within Dannon or Groupe Danone but also from externally via our business partners. So, through close relationships and through improved recognition of our partners, we are in effect bringing the outside inside. It is an evolution of the traditional purchasing function."

"We have tremendous respect for Klöckner Pentaplast and are grateful for the contributions they make to our success," said Francois Blanckaert, Vice President of Sourcing and Supplier Development for The Dannon Company.

"We are delighted to have received this award and honored to be among those business partners recognized for their contributions to the success of The Dannon Company," comments Michael Tubridy, president and COO of Klöckner Pentaplast/Americas. "Our two companies share the same strong commitment to developing products of the highest quality and to providing innovative solutions to our customers."

About The Dannon Company

The Dannon Company is America's founding national yogurt company and continually leverages its expertise to develop and market innovative cultured fresh dairy products in the United States. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Dannon has plants in Minster, OH, Fort Worth, TX, and West Jordan, UT. The company produces and sells approximately 100 different types of flavors, styles and sizes of cultured fresh dairy products. Dannon is owned by Groupe Danone, one of the world's leading producers of packaged foods and beverages, and Dannon is the top-selling brand of yogurt products worldwide, sold under the names Dannon and Danone. With a strong commitment to highquality, wholesome, nutritious and innovative products, The Dannon Company is committed to encouraging healthy eating and living. This commitment is also illustrated through The Dannon Company's support of the Dannon Institute, an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting research, education, and communication about the links between nutrition, diet and health.

For more information, please visit Dannon's web site..

About the Klöckner Pentaplast Group

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is the world's leading producer of films for pharmaceutical, medical device, food, electronics, and general-purpose thermoform packaging, as well as printing and specialty applications. Founded in 1965 in Montabaur, Germany, Klöckner Pentaplast has grown from its initial facility to 20 current production operations in 11 countries.

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is wholly owned by affiliates of The Blackstone Group. The company has sales of over $1.5 billion (Euro 1.2 billion) and employs more than 3,400 people committed to serving customers worldwide. For more information, visit our web site.


Subscribe to PFFC's EClips Newsletter