Duro Bag names Robert Leblanc as VP of foodservice sales

CINCINNATI , November 23, 2010 (press release) – Bob Leblanc, a 28-year veteran of the foodservice industries, is named Vice President of Foodservice Sales for Duro Bag Manufacturing Co., the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of quality paper bags for foodservice, grocery, retail, mass-merchandise and wholesale/distribution businesses in North America.

Leblanc most recently served as Vice President of Foodservice Sales for Solo Cup Company, where he was responsible for all aspects of sales for Solo's $1 billion foodservice sales revenue business.

Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President of Blackstone Applications LLC, a leading provider of end-to-end trade management solutions for consumer packaged goods manufacturers. Leblanc also had a 20-year career with Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT), the world's second largest food company, selling snacks, beverages, cheese, meats and grocery items through the foodservice channel.

At Duro Bag, Leblanc is responsible to lead all aspects of Duro Bag sales and marketing in the foodservice channel of trade. He reports directly to John Gillen, President and Chief Operating Officer for Duro Standard Products.

“Bob is an excellent choice to lead Duro's foodservice sales and marketing efforts,” said Gillen. “He has deep industry experience, understands how to meet and exceed customer needs, and is accustomed to selling quality products. He has developed outstanding relationships within the industry. He will help us meet the needs of our foodservice customers and grow our business with them.”

About Duro Bag Manufacturing Company

Duro Bag is the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of high-quality paper bags for retail, foodservice, grocery, mass-merchandise and wholesale/distribution companies in North America. Multi-generation, family-owned Duro Bag produces more than 25 billion bags annually at 10 manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and in Mexico, employing more than 2,500 people.

Based in the Cincinnati metropolitan area, Duro Bag develops, manufactures and markets the widest selection of environmentally friendly, durable, multi-use paper bags, packaging and world-class graphics solutions, enabling Duro customers to effectively and efficiently get their brand images and messaging into the hands of millions of consumers every day. Through its Duro Standard and Duro Designer divisions, the company works with customers to identify new trends, pioneer new markets and deliver innovative brand building solutions together with on-time fulfillment and logistics support.

• The Duro Standard Products division supports its customers with leading go-to-market, customer-branded bags in grocery, grocery handle bags, merchandise, paper lawn and leaf bags as well as specialty bags including lunch, pharmacy, liquor bags, Freshness Paper™ bread bags, foodservice bags and much more.

• The Duro Designer division custom develops and produces the broadest range of value and luxury shopping bags that also support major retailers' brand images and messages. Duro Designer's unique full-service solutions include concept, design, vivid graphics and specialty converting.

Duro Bag offers the widest selection of environmentally responsible and sustainable coated and uncoated papers made with Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC)-certified pre- and post-consumer waste fibers, including 100% post-consumer waste and process-chlorine free papers in thousands of colors and textures.

Duro Bag has a strong 50-year record and commitment to environmental leadership by reducing and re-using waste at its manufacturing operations, achieving net reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, reducing its carbon footprint and working with customers to improve sustainability in their products and supply chains.

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