Scholle Packaging acquires Australian beverage closures manufacturer Zork, enabling expansion of its precision closure offering for rigid and flexible container applications in wine and spirits market

IRVINE, California , May 13, 2011 (press release) – Scholle Packaging, the Pioneer of Bag-In-Box™, announces the acquisition of ZORK, pioneering developer of 'peel and reseal' closures for wine and spirits.

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Scholle Packaging is the global leader in providing the wine, beer and spirits industry, with innovative films and closures, e.g. FlexTap™, for flexible packaging. The ZORK acquisition falls in line with Scholle's current performance polymer technologies and now allows further expansion of their precision closure offering for both rigid and flexible container applications in the wine and spirits market.

"The acquisition of ZORK is key to Scholle's Customer Integrated Packaging business unit," mentions Richard Barrett, Director of Global Wine and Spirits for Scholle Packaging. "We are now able to expand our closure product offering to service new and existing customers who pack in rigid formats, while maintaining the focus on our key flexible packaging customers."

According to John Brooks, co-founder and Technical Director of ZORK, "The relationship between Scholle Packaging and ZORK has developed positively over the past several years, with a natural alignment in industry vision, technology and customer focus. I am very pleased to now be part of their highly skilled team."

ZORK SPK™ and STL™ closures are among the products Scholle Packaging will now offer as a result of the acquisition. The STL is an established, alternative closure for still wines in Australia, Europe and the United States. The SPK is the world's first and only commercially proven re-sealable closure for sparkling wines and is already making a significant impact on sparkling wine markets globally.

The launch of the ZORK closures as part of the Scholle Packaging portfolio will take place at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair, 17-19 May 2011.

ABOUT SCHOLLE PACKAGING:

Scholle Packaging's founder, William Scholle, invented bag-in-box packaging in 1947. Today the company is the world leader in bag-in-box packaging for the food, beverage, and industrial markets. With manufacturing locations on five continents and products that are sold in more than 60 countries, Scholle Packaging delivers high-quality packaging products and excellent customer service around the world. www.scholle.com

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